After what happened in week 16 of the 2021 NFL Season, we have new NFL Power Rankings, now for week 17.
1. Green Bay Packers
Previous position: 1 (=)
It’s no surprise by now that the Packers have the best record in the NFL and are close to securing the playoffs at home, as they have in years past. The question is whether they will be able to change the conclusion of their season.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Previous position: 2 (=)
As I said: the rest of the AFC teams should have “killed” them when they had the chance. Now it seems an almost certain fact that the playoffs will go through Arrowhead, and that will be very difficult for everyone.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous position: 4 (+1)
Without many complications and without their complete team, the Bucs continue to win games. It will be very interesting to see how far they can go in the NFL Power Rankings and how many people they can win back along the way.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Previous position: 5 (+1)
They are far from playing very solidly, but they are finding a way to win games, something they had not achieved in previous weeks.
5. Dallas Cowboys
Previous position: 8 (+3)
Regardless of the level of resilience Washington displayed, the good news for the Cowboys is that their offense looked much better. If they manage to repeat this performance in the following weeks, everything will be easier for them.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Previous position: 6 (=)
Is it too risky to think that the Colts are, right now, the second-best team in the AFC? At the very least, there is that feeling.
7. New England Patriots
Previous position: 3 (-4)
The strength of the Patriots is in eliminating the strongest part of the rival. In the last two weeks they have not been able to do it, and that raises doubts about this team at the end of the season.
8. Tennessee Titans
Previous position: 10 (+2)
The win over the 49ers came at a great moment for the Titans, and the prospect of having Derrick Henry for the postseason builds even more confidence.
Top teams in the NFL Power Rankings from 9th to 16th place:
9. Buffalo Bills
Previous position: 12 (+3)
The offense is back in the hands of Josh Allen, and things have gotten back on track. Now they just need to secure the division to have some calm heading into the postseason.
10. Arizona Cardinals
Previous position: 7 (-3)
After three consecutive losses, it’s fair to wonder if we’re not looking at another collapse for the Cardinals late in the season.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Previous position: 14 (+3)
The current leaders of the AFC North are close to reaching the Top 10 of our NFL Power Rankings. If they manage to beat the Chiefs, then they will be thinking of a place much higher than 10.
12. San Francisco 49ers
Previous position: 9 (-3)
OK, they’re still in playoff position, but the loss to the Titans and Jimmy G’s injury cast some doubt on this. Looks like it’s up to Trey Lance to tie up that ticket.
13. Miami Dolphins
Previous position: 15 (+2)
The team that was 1-7 is now 8-7, and at the moment they have a ticket to the postseason. Needless to say, they will be very dangerous if they make it to the playoffs.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Previous position: 17 (+3)
Without making too much noise, they have been getting into position to go to the postseason and it will be interesting to see how far they can go if they do.
15. Los Angeles Chargers
Previous position: 13 (-2)
You can talk a lot about Brandon Staley’s fourth-down decisions, but the reality is that the Chargers’ problems go way beyond that.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Previous position: 11 (-5)
No one can deny that John Harbaugh has done a great job coaching the Ravens with his remaining players, but there is a limit to the abilities of these elements.
Our NFL Power Rankings with teams 17-24:
17. Minnesota Vikings
Previous position: 16 (-1)
The Vikings didn’t have to worry about losing the lead in the game against the Rams because they were never ahead. And apparently, they won’t have to worry about getting out of the playoffs fast, either.
18. Las Vegas Raiders
Previous position: 21 (+3)
Finishing above the Broncos (and possibly the Chargers) could be a good argument for Rich Bisaccia to land the head coach job next year.
19. Cleveland Browns
Previous position: 18 (-one)
The good news for the Browns is that in a troubled season, the Baker Mayfield case is being resolved. The bad news is that the result is not what they would have liked.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous position: 19 (-1)
When the Steelers attempted a field goal while trailing by 30 points was the moment they officially said goodbye to the 2021 NFL Season.
21. Denver Broncos
Previous position: 20 (-1)
It is clear that there is talent on this team, but the issue is (once again) the quarterback position. There are months of talks about possible candidates for this position.
22. Atlanta Falcons
Previous position: 24 (+2)
For whatever reason, the Falcons are still in contention for the playoffs. It could be, perhaps, that Matt Ryan is not as bad a QB as some would like to believe. Or maybe it’s Cordarrelle Patterson.
23. New Orleans Saints
Previous position: 22 (-1)
The Saints fell victim to COVID this week, so much so that the team they presented Monday was a long way from aspiring to win the game. We’ll see if, above all, the postseason costs them.
24. Washington Football Team
Previous position: 23 (-1)
The fight between Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne put a new twist on the “heated benches” theme, and was the highlight of the WFT in the game against Dallas.
The worst teams in our NFL Power Rankings:
25. Chicago Bears
Previous position: 27 (+2)
After watching the game against Seattle, the question remains: shouldn’t they have given Nick Foles a chance before Andy Dalton? Come on, it couldn’t have been much worse.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Previous position: 25 (-1)
The worst season in the Carroll-Wilson era continues to advance, and it only remains to ask if either of them will be in Seattle next season, or if this year was the last we saw them here.
27. Carolina Panthers
Previous position: 26 (-1)
Matt Rhule says fans have the right to boo him. The real problem will come when team owner David Tepper takes the side of the fans.
28. Houston Texans
Previous position: 30 (+2)
The truth is that winning four games with this roster is a true display of talent on the part of the Texans, and you have to admit it. Come on, they’ve won four more games than we would have expected.
29. New York Jets
Previous position: 31 (+2)
The fourth victory came for Robert Saleh’s team and with a very limited roster due to the COVID issue. Fortunately for them, it all came against the Jaguars.
30. New York Giants
Previous position: 28 (-2)
The most worrying thing for Giants fans is not that they’ve had another losing season, but that ratifying Joe Judge and Daniel Jones basically guarantees that 2022 will be the same.
31. Detroit Lions
Previous position: 29 (-2)
This team fights with everything it has, but the results are totally against it. Of course, there are many positive things from a moral point of view: Dan Campbell has not lost his dressing room.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous position: 32 (=)
In case there was any doubt about the bad state of the Jaguars, now they lost to the Jets. The only good news is that they are close to making the first pick of the next draft and do not need a QB.
These are our NFL Power Rankings for Week 17 of the 2021 NFL Season. What changes would you guys make? We await your comments under this article and on our social networks, in addition to seeing you this Wednesday at 6:00 pm to talk about this list in our twitch channel.
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NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys Up, Patriots Down – Week 17, 2021